29
Dec 09

Plagiarism Detect

Plagiarism Detect is a popular plagiarism checker (online checker / MS Word plug in).

I always recommend Plagiarism Detect for checking articles especially if you are a freelance writer or a blogger to avoid plagiarism issue. This is because you will get to check which sites are using your articles (or part of the articles).

The best thing about PD is that you can choose to sign up for a free basic account or sign up for premium accounts with more services (if you are a professional).

There are five types of accounts available:

1. Free account – register

2. Advanced account for students/freelance writers – coming soon

3. Advanced account for academic staff – coming soon

4. Advanced account for publishers – coming soon

5. MS Word 2007 Plug In (you still need to register to get this plug in)

Refer to this image for comparison between the accounts:

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This is what a free account looks like:

free

Give it a try!


24
Mar 09

How I Combat Against Plagiarism of My Own Work

Four months ago, I was conned by a very popular writer in GAF.

I have written quite a few articles for $48 and he ended up not paying me at all, stating that he was conned by another client.

Four months later, as in today, I decided to do a plagiarism check using PlagiarismDetect on the articles that I have done for this particular ex-client (this ex-client is also black listed in FreelanceAIR).

I was curious on where the articles are being used and who is the main culprit behind this scam.

One of the articles is titled: How To Hire An Accountant For Your Business

It was not surprised at all to find that the article had been submitted to Ezine Articles. I finally found out the culprit but I am not going to reveal here.

I knew I can’t do anything now that the article is published on Ezine Articles and I don’t have an online copy of the article to prove it my ownership.

However, I also know that Ezine Articles take it very seriously about copyright infringement so I decided to report the article to the Ezine Team, even though I wasn’t sure of the outcome but it was worth a try.

Ezine Team is superb at attending serious case like this. Within minutes, I got an email asking for prove of ownership but I replied stating that the article is mine and I have not posted it online.

The next thing, Ezine Team took the article down.

According to Ezine,

We take claims of infringement very seriously and do not condone or
allow our members to infringe on the rights of others as outlined in
our Terms of Service:

http://ezinearticles.com/author-terms-of-service.html

The article has been removed.

Now, I gain my article back and I proudly present it in the Services page as a sample writing.

After all that article is written by me.

All I can say is even when you are being conned, try to do something to get them back before giving up.

In this case, I found the duplicate in Ezine Articles so I took the appropriate decision according to my situation.

Should you find yourself in a different situation, you might want to take a moment and think of what you can do, unless if the conclusion is ‘there is nothing else you can do’.

I have a moment where there is really nothing I can do to save my articles. However, I cannot mention the site that has published my content without my consent (the same batch of articles as above).

Nevertheless I am happy now that I have managed to get back one of my articles, even if just one.

Thanks Ezine Articles for being the best article directory with the best policy, rules and regulations.

Have questions or something say? Leave a comment!


02
Mar 09

CopyScape and Other Plagiarism Checkers

“When it comes to writing for anything, the rule is 100% original.”

I am sure you are a dedicated writer who will do everything to make sure that your articles are 100% original before you hand in your work to your clients.

The question is how reliable it is by using CopyScape, these days?

There is a discussion in DP about the reliability of CopyScape. For example:

In several instances I find duplicates for content that I’m 100% positive that it is unique and results from copyscape are not relevant by any mean. What are they trying to do? manipulating the credibility of content?

~by Tech Entrance

Since it is extremely important to check articles to make sure 100% originality, I have found other tools to check articles.

Apart from CopyScape:

1. Plagiarism Detect – free

2. Article Checker – free

3. DupeCop – free

4. Dupe Free Pro – free

5. Doccop – free

6. Plagiarism Finder – free to try (30-day trial), $125 to buy

7. Ithenticate – not free (need to get license)

8. The Plagiarism Checker – free

9. Quote Finder – free

10. Copy Alerts – free (this is a tool that lets you enter your website or blog to receive plagiarism alerts if someone steals your content)

11. Duplicate Check – $19.95 (you need PHP 4.3.2 or higher/Zend Optimizer 2 or higher)

12. FairShare – free

(thanks @plagiarismtoday for recommending FairShare)

Need to find more plagiarism detection software for download? Check out Download.com search page for ‘plagiarism’.

Since there are so many tools to check your articles, instead of relying 100% on CopyScape, why not try a few more?

It is very hard to find the best checker since each of them are using different formulas and algorithm.

The best way is to use a few checkers. If you find it a hassle to check the articles so many times, stick to your gut and use the one that you think is best.

However, Google is our best friend. Copy any random phrase and search (with quote and without quote). This is not a new trick, in fact I believe most of you know about this. In case you didn’t know, well now you know it.

Know a new checker that is not in the list? Let me know!

Find out more here – Plagiarism

p/s: updated 14 December 2012